Examination Subcommittee

Chair

Tiina Paunio, MD, PhD, is Vice Dean of Education and Professor of Psychiatry at the University of Helsinki (UH) and Research Professor  at National Institute for Health and Welfare (THL).

Dr Paunio obtained her doctor’s degree in Medicine in 1993 and PhD degree in 1995 from UH and did her post-doctoral studies during 1996-1998 in Paris at LGN/CNRS. She worked as a project coordinator for an international collaboration on schizophrenia (SZ) during 1998-2002, after which she established her own research group Sleep&Mood at THL in 2002. She got her specialist degree in Psychiatry in 2007.

The research interest of the Sleep&Mood group is focused on etiology and epidemiology of mood disorders and sleep disturbance, and their therapeutic interventions.  The group studies  relationship  of  disturbed  sleep  and  mood  at  epidemiological  level,  the  effect  of  genetic  and environmental  factors  on  regulation  of  sleep  and  emotions,  and  their  interplay  at  molecular  level  via epigenetic mechanisms. In addition to the genetic and epidemiological research, Dr Paunio is involved in clinical research on sleep and stress related disorders at the Finnish Institute of Occupational health. At UH, she has the responsibility in education of medical doctors as a Vice Dean of Education and Chair of the MD program, as well as of those specializing in psychiatry and basic medical students in psychiatry. She is also Vice Chair of the Steering committee for education of Psychotherapists at UH and representative of UH in the national committee for education of psychotherapists.

Dr Paunio has supervised and examined a number of doctoral theses in Finland and other European countries. She was the member of the ESRS Scientific Committee in 2012-2014 and, in addition to ESRS, she is an active member of the International Society of Psychiatric Genetics, as well as of national organizations related to sleep research and psychiatry. She belongs to a number of national and international research consortia and funding organizations.

Co-Chair

Thomas Penzel is the director of research of the Interdisciplinary Sleep Medicine Centre at the Charité University Hospital, Berlin, Germany, since 2006. He studied physics, human biology, physiology and medical informatics at the University Marburg, Germany. In 2001, he received the Bial Award in Clinical Medicine in Portugal, in 2008 the Bill Gruen Award for Innovations in Sleep Research by the American Sleep Research Society, and in 2012 the Somnus Award by the Sleep magazine in Germany. He is the chair of the Sleep Medicine Committee of the ESRS. He is the secretary of the German Sleep Society, the president of the Berlin Brandenburg Sleep Association, the chair of the Professional Activities Committee of the World Association of Sleep Medicine, the editor-in-chief of the German journal Somnologie. He published more than 200 papers on sleep research and sleep medicine with a focus on methodology, sleep disordered breathing and the cardiovascular system during sleep.

Contact information:
Interdisciplinary Sleep Medicine Centre, Charité Universitätsmedizin Berlin, Chariteplatz 1, D-10117 Berlin, Germany.
+49-30-450513013
thomas.penzel@charite.de 
 


Somnologist examination:

Oliviero Bruni received his M.D. in 1982 from the “ La Sapienza” University of Rome (Italy) where he also received the specialization in Child Neuropsychiatry in 1986. He is chief of the Pediatric Sleep Centre of the Sapienza University of Rome  (Italy). 

He is currently Associate Professor in Child Neurology and Psychiatry at the Dept. of Developmental and Social Psychology at Sapienza University in Rome.

Dr. Bruni has been involved in sleep research and clinical care in children for over 20 years, and has published more than 120 peer-reviewed papers, in addition to several book chapters and abstracts. 

He is President of the International Pediatric Sleep Association, member of the Board of Directors of the Italian Association of Sleep Medicine and of the Italian Sleep Research Society, and Field Editor (Pediatrics) of the journal Sleep Medicine.

Dr. Bruni has been secretary of the European Pediatric Sleep Club of the European Sleep Research Society and has been also involved, as Pediatric Sleep Advisor of the World Health Organization, for the development of Night Noise Guidelines and ICF. In 2009 he has been elected as Chair of the Childhood Sleep Disorders and Development Section of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine.

His specific areas of interest are the different aspects of sleep disorders in children, the application of computer analysis in human sleep electroencephalogram and of the Cyclic Alternating Pattern, the analysis of sleep patterns in cognitive deficits ranging from mental retardation to specific learning disabilities like dyslexia, focusing on the relationships between sleep and cognition in learning impaired children.

Dr Bruni has supervised several graduate – doctoral, postgraduate students for their theses and participated as teacher and invited lecturer in several national and international congresses.

Prof. Dr. Diego García-Borreguero
Madrid, Spain

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Diego García-Borreguero, MD, PhD, is currently Director of the Sleep Research Institute, in Madrid and was until 2005, the Director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Dept of Neurology of the Fundación Jiménez Díaz (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Spain. He received his medical degree from the University of Navarra. Prior to his present position, Dr. García-Borreguero completed fellowships in Sleep Medicine and Sleep Research at the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, Maryland, and underwent residency training at the Max Planck Institute in Munich, Germany.  He completed his PhD at the University of Munich.

His main area of research is Restless Legs Syndrome, where he is one of the leading international experts. Within that field, his main focus of research is circadian rhythms, dopaminergic augmentation and treatment outcomes.

Dr. Garcia-Borreguero served between 2004 and 2008 as Secretary of the ESRS Board, and is currently a member of the ESRS-Sleep Medicine Committee and vice-chair of the ESRS-EU Committee. He is currently president of the Spanish Sleep Society.
Since 2011 he also chairs the International Restless Legs Study Group (www.irlssg.org).

Ludger Grote
Gothenburg, Sweden

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Ludger Grote is the medical director of the Sleep Disorders Center at the Sahlgrenska University Hospital in Gothenburg, Sweden. After medical training at the Zeitreihenlabor, University of Marburg, Germany, (headed by Herman Peter) he joined the research group of Jan Hedner as a post-doc in 1998. Today he is an Associate Professor at the Sahlgrenska Academy and supervisor for several PhD thesis in research areas related to sleep medicine. He published more than 100 papers on sleep research and sleep medicine with a focus on methodology, sleep apnea and cardiovascular disease, and restless legs. Ludger Grote is active in the European Sleep Apnea Database (ESADA) network and the Swedish Sleep Apnea Registry (SESAR). He is member of the ESRS since 1996 and serves the society currently as the chair of the Executive Committee of the Assembly of National Sleep Societies (EC-ANSS), and as member of the Sleep Medicine Committee and the ERS-ESRS task force. He was former president of the Swedish Sleep Society (2007-2011) where he is responsible today for educational activities.

Prof. Dr. Dirk Pevernagie
Heeze, The Netherlands / Gent, Belgium

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Dirk Pevernagie (55 years old) is a pulmonologist who is currently medical director of the multidisciplinary Sleep Medicine Centre of Kempenhaeghe Foundation in Heeze, The Netherlands. He is also Associate Professor of Medicine at the Department of Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences, at the Ghent University in Belgium. He obtained his PhD in Biomedical Sciences in 1994 with a thesis on ‘Body position and OSA’. He was coordinator of the Sleep Medicine Centre at the Department of Pulmonary Diseases at the Ghent University Hospital from 1991 – 2007. He has served the Belgian Association for Sleep research and Sleep medicine (BASS) as president from 2000-2008. He was member of the ESRS board from 2006 – 2010 in the capacity of coopted member from the Assembly of National Sleep Societies. He continues serving the ESRS as a member of the Sleep Medicine and Educational Committees. As a promotor he has been coaching doctoral students. He has published several peer reviewed papers and book chapters related to sleep and breathing, pharmacotherapy and chronic unexplained fatigue (Factor H: 12). He has been active as a speaker at international symposia, and has organised scientific meetings. He is coordinator of the International Sleep Medicine Course, organised jointly by the Belgian, Dutch and British Sleep Societies. As of 2008, he has been appointed Field Editor for the journal Sleep Medicine.


Technologist examination:

Dr. Lizzie Hill
Edinburgh, UK

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Dr Lizzie Hill has worked in Sleep since 2000, training in sleep physiology within the Department of Sleep Medicine at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh before passing the Registered Polysomnographic Technologist (RPSGT) exam at its first sitting in the UK in 2005. She gained the European Sleep Research Society Somnologist-Technologist (EST) credential at its first grandparenting round in 2014, and is registered at M-Level in Sleep with the Registration Council for Clinical Physiologists (RCCP).

Lizzie was awarded her PhD by The University of Edinburgh in 2016, examining prevalence and treatment of obstructive sleep apnoea in adults with Down syndrome. She is currently a Specialist Clinical Physiologist at the Royal Hospital for Sick Children in Edinburgh, leading the Sleep component of the Department of Paediatric Cardiac, Respiratory & Sleep Physiology.

Lizzie is President of the European Society of Sleep Technologists and a member of the Executive Committee of the British Sleep Society.

Margret Verspaandonk

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